A classic recipe with a twist, this Purple Sweet Potato Biji Salak is basically chewy purple sweet potato tapioca balls served with sweet palm sugar porridge and drizzled with savory coconut milk.
Although Ramadan is over halfway done, I feel like it is a great time to share some Indonesian takjil recipe. In Indonesia, people usually first take a hot or cold drink and eat sweet snacks (takjil) during “buka puasa” or opening of the fast, known as Iftar. This is done to allow the tummy to slowly get adjusted to food and supply energy.
Do you still remember my previous recipe? For me, Ramadan is not complete without eating biji salak. Biji Salak is sweet potato – tapioca balls served with palm sugar porridge and coconut milk. The sweet potato balls are soft and chewy while the sweet palm sugar porridge is balanced with savory coconut milk.
This year, I wanted to bring this classic biji salak recipe with a little twist in it. How about making it purple?
About Purple Sweet Potato Biji Salak
A few days ago, I saw some purple sweet potatoes online and could not resist buying them home. Purple sweet potatoes are basically sweet potatoes with a deep purple flesh. Therefore, I thought that it would be great to substitute the sweet potatoes in Biji Salak and it works! That is how I get the brilliant pop of purple color to my sweet potato balls.
How does Purple Sweet Potato Biji Salak taste compared to the classic one? It actually does not taste that different, but it does taste slightly less sweet than the sweet potato one. In terms of texture, these purple sweet potato tapioca balls are not as smooth as the other one because purple sweet potatoes are denser and drier than the regular sweet potatoes. What I love the most about this recipe is how vibrant the color is. Next time, I should try making biji salak with two kinds of sweet potatoes. That must look pretty considering how colorful they are.
How about you all? What do you eat during this Ramadan? I hope you enjoy the recipe and please tell me how it goes if you make one.
More Indonesian Dessert Recipes
While you are here, don’t forget to check out these delicious Indonesian dessert recipes!
- Klepon (Pandan Glutinous Rice Balls with Palm Sugar Filling)
- Putu Ayu (Steamed Pandan Coconut Cake)
- Kue Lumpang Ijo (Pandan Sticky Rice Cakes)
- Pandan Coconut Ice Cream